Wednesday, July 1, 2015

It's July 1st -- Happy Canada Day!

Just so everyone knows, I did not forget that today, July 1st, is Canada Day!

MCGG Members have ancestors from all over the world. So Happy Canada Day to our neighbors, friends and family to the north and east of us.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Ancestry.com has Free Access to 13 Colonies databases in Honor of July 4th

It is a little hard to find but according to its FaceBook page, Ancestry.com is giving free access to birth, marriage, death and divorce records from the original 13 colonies of the United States including its just released Virginia vital records collection. The free period runs from July 1 to July 5, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

The access point to get to the free access is listed on Ancestry's Facebook page. Here is the full list of what is available during the free access to the 13 Colonies.

To view the record results found from your search, you do need to register your email. It says a username and password will be emailed to you for free access. I believe this is different from the free trial membership method that usually requires a credit card.

Good Luck Hunting Everyone! And Happy Fourth of July aka Independence Day!

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

In Honor of July 4th Fold3 Offers Free Access to Revolutionary War Collection

The subscription history/genealogy website Fold3 is granting free access from July 1 through July 15 to Revolutionary War Documents.

The entire Revolutionary War Collection is included in this free access.

According to the Fold3 website, "Explore millions of American Revolutionary War documents that are found nowhere else on the Internet. Discover details about individual soldiers, read letters penned by the Founding Fathers, view documents from The Continental Congress and more."

From past experience please note that to download or print a document/image you may need to sign in with either your membership account (if you have one) or create a free user account. I could find no mention of needing to do this but I know it is the case when accessing the free War of 1812 pension records.

Good Luck Hunting Everyone! And Happy Fourth of July aka Independence Day!

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

In Honor of the Fourth of July NEHGS Offers Free Access to Several Databases for The Great Migration Project

NEHGS's Website
Got really early immigrants to America? Like in Early Colonial, founding of our nation times before we even thought of being a separate nation? Yea? Then set aside some time this week for some online research for those lines.

The New England Historical Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is granting free access from July 1 through July 8 to all online searchable databases related to The Great Migration Project. You just need to register as a Guest User to the NEHGS's website if you are not already a registered guest user or current NEHGS member with access to NEHGS's AmericanAncestors.org website.

These are the databases available for free research during this week.

Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to N.E. 1620-1633, vols. I-III
Great Migration Newsletter, v. 1-20
Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume I, A-B
Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume II, C-F
Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume III, G-H
Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume IV, I-L
Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume V, M-P
Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume VI, R-S
Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume VII, T-Y
Search the Entire Great Migration Study Project

According to the NEHGS website, "The authoritative study of all immigrants to New England, 16201640 the Great Migration Study Project is your best source for finding and documenting early American ancestors." Being a registered user of the website also gets you access to a few other databases on the society's website.

Good Luck Hunting Everyone! And Happy Fourth of July aka Independence Day!

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Friday, June 19, 2015

Father's Day DNA Sales until June 21, 2015 -- Save 10 Percent on Autosomal Tests

Have you been thinking about an autosomal DNA test for yourself or someone else? FamilyTree DNA and Ancestry.com are having autosomal DNA test sales for Father's Day. The savings is 10 percent -- not as great as the 20 percent sale we often see but at least there is a sale.

From today, June 19 12:01 a.m. CST until June 21 11:59 p.m. CST, FamilyTree DNA is having a small sale on its autosomal DNA test, called FamilyFinder. Regularly $99, the test is on sale for $89. Shipping and taxes are extra which vary depending on where the test is being shipped. [Please Note: Central time is an hour behind Eastern time so that means for us in the Eastern time zone the sale started at 1:01 a.m. EDT June 19 and runs through 12:59 a.m. EDT June 22.]

FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA) has a large pool of potential matches which are somewhat international but not everyone is doing genealogy. FTDNA gives users a chromosome browser so you can compare and see which segments of DNA you have in common with a match or matches. And if you decide you want to add a Y-DNA or mtDNA test, the sample already submitted can be utilized (assuming no problems) without having to do another swab sample. FamilyTree DNA is the only one of the three DNA companies doing Y-DNA (male-male) and mtDNA (female-female) testing. It also has user-administered testing/study groups for surname and geographic projects.

Ancestry.com has also been running a Father's Day sale on its autosomal DNA test, AncestryDNA. Regularly $99, the test is on sale for $89 until June 21 11:59 pm EDT. Shipping and taxes are extra which are usually just under $10.

Doing an AncestryDNA test gets you into a large pool of potential matches and most are interested in genealogy. Ancestry.com does not provide any tools for you to utilize and analyze your matches, other than user connected trees.

Did you know that you could also download your AncestryDNA test data and transfer it to FamilyTreeDNA's Autosomal Transfer so you have your DNA in two pools of matches? The autosomal DNA transfer is free to see your top 20 matches. To unlock the transfer and have full access to all your matches and features, the cost is just $39. (Add on tests of Y-DNA and mtDNA would require a separate swab test since no actual physical DNA is transferred between companies.) Please note that FamilyTree DNA is the only DNA company that accepts data transfers from other companies that utilize the same test chip (AncestryDNA and certain older 23andME tests.)

The three major DNA companies, FamilyTreeDNA, Ancestry.com and 23andMe, all allow you to download your DNA test data. (It is a good idea to download it as a back up.) This data also can be transferred to third-party sites, like GEDMatch where you can compare DNA with other site users regardless of which company was initially used.

These are the current DNA sales. I'm sure there will be more this summer.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE


Thursday, June 11, 2015

New Resource: Digitized Church Records Available for In-Library Use

A look at the title page from one of the church books.
You may have seen a teaser announcement last year on our Macomb County Genealogy Group's Community FaceBook page and wondered which historic church we were hinting at scanning its records.

The Macomb County Genealogy Group and the Mount Clemens Public Library are happy to announce that the church books of St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Eastpointe, Michigan, have been digitized and are now available for in-library use on the local database computer (non-internet computer) in the Genealogy and Local History Room.

Though an index to these records is still a work in progress, the images are now ready for viewing. A Read Me file has been created to give users some tips and an overview of what is available.

St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church located now in Eastpointe was actually started by the end of 1845. For a good progression of this St. Peter's history (which is often confused with another St. Peter's church) see the Other History page of the church's own website to learn more.

The confirmation, marriage and burial records begin in 1851 while the baptism records survive from 1862. There is also a member register from 1875 that lists members by family group. (Remember, the State of Michigan did not start keeping vital records until 1867.)

Of course, the earliest records were written in German using the old Schrift handwriting. Later records were written in German using modern handwriting and eventually the German language gave way to English in the records. [Note: we have a couple volunteers who can read the old German handwriting.]

So if you have early Evangelical Lutheran German ancestors who resided near what is now Eastpointe -- this includes Macomb and Wayne counties as the church has moved its location along Gratiot Avenue a few times over its many years of existence -- this new resource might be what you have been missing.

Many thanks to St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Eastpointe for participating in our church book scanning project.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Let's Talk...Genealogy -- Thanks for 10 years!

Last night, June 10th, was the last meeting of our genealogy season for Macomb County Genealogy Group's Wednesday night discussion group, Let's Talk...Genealogy

It was a day for 10s as it was also the last meeting of our 10th year for this group. We had a small celebration with cupcakes ... sort of in the shape of a tree.

We hope everyone will return in September for season 11! And we hope to see many new attendees too.

Thank you everyone!

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE